Please review this build....

lasoski311

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Im going to be buying a computer within the next couple days (possibly today) and i was wondering what you guys think of this build. But before you look at it i know your going to notice that it only has an integrated video card, well dont worry i plan on buying one later down the road. So for right now im trying to build the best performing computer (without a dedicated video card) in the price range of $700-800....obviously id like to spend the least amount possible without sacrificing performance.

Couple things you should know, I have an OS (Windows XP Professional) and a monitor already.

So all that being said, heres my build........


Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
- PSU: Antec earthwatts EA500 500W

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940
- Fan & Heatsink: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASUS M4A78-E AM2+/AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

CD/DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

Speakers: Logitech S-220

Keyboard/Mouse: Microsoft 69C-00006 Black USB Wireless Ergonomics Laser Desktop 5000

TOTAL PRICE: $820.83 [item cost($726.87) + tax($53.70) + shipping($40.26) = TOTAL($820.83)]


Let me know what you guys think.....
 

Transmaniacon

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That PSU is a disaster waiting to happen, while the SMILODON looks cool, its a little on the flimsy side and You would be better off with a more reputable brand.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec%20300

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131331

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

All this comes to about 630 after a nice rebate on the power supply. This leaves you room for the Optical Drive, speakers, mouse and keyboard. The parts I have listed are very reliable and well performing.
 

lasoski311

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i appreciate your suggestions but ur adding at least $110 on to my original build.....

i will rethink the case and psu and update my build
 

MykC

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I would go with transmaniacon's suggestion of memory and case.
Also, you should consider http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 $6 more than what you have in mind after MIR.

You can consider going with an Asus/Gigabyte 780G mATX board which are $80. That will save you some money unless unless you have a need for more than two PCI slots. Also, while the 780G has an IGP with HDMI its not as good as the IGP on the 790GX. You won't be able to use a antec 300 case though if you think a mATX board is something that would suit your needs.
 

Transmaniacon

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Unless I am missing something, this build will not cost much more:

Case - $59.99

PSU - $74.99 after MIR

MOBO - $138.99

CPU - $219.99

RAM - $44.99

HDD - $79.99

Optical - $24.99

Speakers - $22.99

Mouse/Keyboard - $39.99

You do not need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you do not plan on overclocking, you did not mention that you plan too, but its always something that you can purchase if you decide to overclock.

All this comes to $706.91, estimate about $40 for shipping, and you are looking at something that is LESS than the build you proposed, while offering you more performance, more reliable components, and an overall more solid machine.

Edit: After looking at your build, I think you added up the cost wrong, unless shipping to your house is a lot of money. Nonetheless, the build I suggested is at the lower end of your budget, if you let us know what kind of video card you plan on getting, we can better adjust the build to shave some dollars off. For example, if you are just doing some light gaming, then you can get away with a cheaper PSU, etc.
 

lasoski311

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only thing u forgot was tax....

at newegg.com with everything in my cart shipping and tax are approx. $50 each so u need to add $100 to the total cost of material.

and the only reason i have an aftermarket CPU cooler is because newegg does not include a cooler with AMD BLack Editions im not sure why.

 

Transmaniacon

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Ah I assumed all retail CPUs come with a stock cooler...

The build looks great, the Antec EA500 is a great PSU, my only concern is the RAM, I would go with one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145215

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231226

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

I would just pick the color you like best =) G.Skill and Corsair are great RAM manufacturers, the reviews for Wintec are not as favorable and you could run into problems.
 

lasoski311

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so ive updated the build again using G.Skill ram instead....

thanks for all the help
 

lasoski311

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the build is looking good thanks to everyone who have made suggestions and recommendations but i need a little more help.....

$820 is a tad above what i actually want to spend, i can afford to buy this but i am wondering if i have any items in the build that im paying to much for.

basically im looking to cut prices somewhere without losing quality, if not possible than so be it...ill just spend the $820
 

Transmaniacon

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The easiest thing to do is drop down to a microATX board, these run about $80 for a nice one, and while things are a little more cramped, if you are only going for a single GPU then it will be fine.

A good microATX board is: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131324

Also, you could go with a slower CPU, something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

This is almost $70 cheaper than the Phenom II X4, and with the motherboard savings would bring your shipped and taxed total down to about $700.